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VIDEO: National Honor Society sings in Washington, DC

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – National Honor Society members from Dassel-Cokato High School sang the national anthem during their recent trip to Washington, DC.

Here is what it sounded like: http://photos.dasselcokato.com/School/2017-National-Honor-Society-Washington-DC/

Photos from the trip will be printed in the Monday, March 27 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Charger Speech earns 2nd in two meets

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Members of the Dassel-Cokato High School speech team participated in two conference meets March 3 and 4.

Wright County Conference

The Chargers took second place at the Wright County Conference meet in Orono March 3.

Teams from Annandale, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Mound Westonka, New Prague, Orono, Rockford, New London-Spicer, and Watertown-Mayer also took part in the conference, with 250 students competing.

DC had 17 entries earn top honors.

Seventh place – Abbie Stertz in great speeches; Evette Johnson in humorous interpretation; Elizabeth Knutson in poetry.

Sixth place – Carrie Nelson and Jubal Nelson in duo interpretation; Katrina Thinesen in discussion; Miranda Pokornowski in prose.

Fifth place – Dani Leung in humorous interpretation; Erikka Langemo in dramatic interpretation.

Fourth place – Caroline Cronk in creative expression; Jessica Cron in humorous interpretation.

Third place – Katelyn Lundeen in discussion.

There was an unbreakable tie in storytelling, and the two competitors were both from Dassel-Cokato – Abby Carpenter and Audrey Weckwerth.

Second place – Ethan Langemo in dramatic interpretation; Sara Cronk in extemporaneous reading.

Wright County Conference champions – Mark Pringnitz earned his first conference championship in storytelling. Kailee Johnson earned her second conference championship in extemporaneous reading. Pringnitz and Johnson are juniors at DCHS.

Read about the team’s achievements at Fridley in the March 20 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition.

Members of the Chargers speech team at Dassel-Cokato High School competed in the Wright County Conference meet in Orono, and earned second place.

Members of the Chargers speech team at Dassel-Cokato High School competed in the Wright County Conference meet in Orono, and earned second place.

Charger Robotics gears up for competition

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Having started its season the first week of January, the Charger Robotics team is preparing for its official competition in Duluth.

Throughout the season, the robotics team, consisting of 26 students, is challenged to design and construct a robot completely from scratch that is able to complete a series of assigned tasks.

These tasks differ from year to year based on what robotics games have been determined. This year, the robot has to prepare an “airship” for take off by transfer gears from a loading station to a peg set up on airship (doing only one at a time). These gears will then activate rotors to start spinning, which earns the team points. It takes 12 gears to spin all four rotors.

Once all the gears are in place, the robot has to ascend 5 feet of rope attached to the ship to signify it is ready for take off.

The challenge has to be completed in 2.5 minutes.

Another game played is for the robot to earn points by shooting whiffle balls into two goals set at different heights.

The team’s season of work will be put to the test at the Northern Lights Regional Competition in Duluth from Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4.

Read the full story in the Feb. 27 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Charger Robotics will be competing with its robot, Richard, at the Northern Lights Regional this weekend. The team designed and built Richard completely from scratch, based upon the season’s set objectives.

Charger Robotics will be competing with its robot, Richard, at the Northern Lights Regional this weekend. The team designed and built Richard completely from scratch, based upon the season’s set objectives.

Individualized learning emphasized at Dassel-Cokato elementary schools

Dassel-Cokato elementary principals Brian Franklin and Debbie Morris highlighted their schools’ programming at last Monday’s school board meeting.

Dassel-Cokato elementary principals Brian Franklin and Debbie Morris highlighted their schools’ programming at last Monday’s school board meeting.

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel and Cokato Elementary principals educated the district’s school board members about a multitude of student opportunities at last Monday night’s school board meeting.

In a presentation dubbed “Elementary 101,” principals Debbie Morris, representing Dassel Elementary, and Brian Franklin, representing Cokato Elementary, showcased the highlights of the district’s programming for its youngest students.

The principals shared balanced class sizes and a collaborative curriculum between the buildings ensures every student has the chance to learn similar concepts.

Morris and Franklin pointed out staff consistently focus on and fine-tune curriculum in all academic areas, including English language arts, science, health, math, social studies, technology, and art.

They said that DC elementary students can work out their wiggles during physical education classes and recess every day. Additionally, music is offered three times a week. (Many schools no longer offer daily phy ed, recess, or musical opportunities.)

Morris and Franklin reviewed a myriad of additional student programming opportunities, the majority of which address students’ individual needs and abilities.

Featured programs included:

• CARE group/team time – a character education program;

• Olweus – an embedded anti-bullying program;

• Odyssey/enrichment – a gifted and talented program;

• Reading Corps – a federally-funded reading program;

• school patrol;

• parent event nights; and,

• morning announcements from students.

Morris and Franklin expressed gratitude toward many other adults engaged and busy in their buildings.

They explained each elementary school has paraprofessionals working at each grade level; a social worker; a shared first grade reading specialist; and a solid team of tutors.

In conclusion, Morris identified two common areas of current and growing concern for all educators: the changing dynamics of families, and mental health issues manifesting in students at younger ages.Odds and Ends

Read the full coverage in the Feb. 20 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition.

DC speller advances to state multi-regions

DC eighth-grader Nicholas Little will compete Feb. 21 in multi-regionals.

DC eighth-grader Nicholas Little will compete Feb. 21 in multi-regionals.

COKATO, DASSEL, MN – Dassel-Cokato Middle School eighth-grader Nicholas Little took first place in the

afternoon competition of the regional spelling bee last week, to advance to multi-regional competition in Fergus Falls Feb. 21.

Due to the number of students participating, the regional bee, which took place at Resource Training & Solutions offices in Sartell, consisted of two identical competitions, morning and afternoon, with 25 spellers in each. It took a total of 253 words to determine four winners, who will represent central Minnesota schools at the multi-region state spelling bee.

Nicholas’ winning word was accelerando, allowing him to move into first place after head-to-head competition with the second-place winner that lasted nine rounds without a misspelled word.

First- and second-place winners in both morning and afternoon competitions will compete in the multi-region bee at Lake Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls Feb. 21. The winner of that bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC May 28-June 3.

This is the third year Nicholas has participated at the multi-regional level of the state spelling bee.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 DCHS Snow Week pep fest

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Students and staff at Dassel-Cokato High School participated in its Snow Week pep fest Feb. 10. Click here to see photos from the event. Select images will appear in the Feb. 20 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.